2018 Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG Meeting



Join us in Sydney on May 5 and 6 for the 2018 Obstetric Anaesthesia special interest group (SIG) meeting. “Obstetric anaesthesia… delivering what matters” is being held as a satellite meeting to the ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) at the brand new Sydney International Convention Centre.

Scientific program

The scientific program is broad ranging and will include new techniques for delivering epidural analgesia, airway issues in obstetric anaesthesia, anaesthesia care for caesarean sections and care of critically ill women and those with high risk pregnancies.


In addition to lectures there will be a number of emergency response workshops conducted, and the opportunity for participation in hospital based simulation centres covering key skills and scenarios in obstetric anaesthesia.


Please note: The workshops are now full.  Please contact Sarah Chezan to be placed on a waitlist.

Michael Paech Research Prize session

For the first time, the Obstetric Anaesthesia SIG will conduct a research prize session and the organising committee calls for all researchers to submit an abstract. Please click here for further information.


Invited speakers

Dr Marc Van de Velde is head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium and Full Professor at Leuven University Hospital. His primary clinical interest focuses on obstetric anaesthesia and anaesthesia for children and adults with congenital heart disease undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Most of his current research focuses on obstetric anaesthesia.

Dr Richard Smiley is an anaesthetist in New York, and is affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 194 doctors at theHospital specialising in anaesthesiology.

Professor Warwick Ngan Kee is the Chair of Anesthesiology at Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar. His research interests are centred on obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia and include haemodynamic management during regional anaesthesia for caesarean section, computer-controlled drug delivery, and pharmacodynamic modelling of neuraxial anaesthetic agents.


Local speakers include Professor Michael Paech, Associate Professor Alicia Dennis and Associate Professor Nolan McDonnell.


We are delighted to offer delegates a wide variety of specially negotiated hotel and apartment accommodation choices to suit a range of budgets - all within close proximity to the International Convention Centre, Sydney.
Accommodation bookings can be made through the official Accommodation Manager, Corporate Blue by completing the online form here.

Social functions

Sydney will be on show on Saturday night with the HCI evening drinks at the convention centre followed by the conference dinner at Taronga Zoo, which has spectacular harbour views.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

This event is claimable by ANZCA CPD participants within the knowledge and skills and emergency responses categories.


Knowledge and skills activities: Lectures - one credit per hour.  Workshops - two credits per hour.


Emergency response activities: Completion of the workshops will meet the requirements for major haemorrhage and/or anaphylaxis within the emergency response category of the CPD program.

ANZCA members will automatically have their attendance accredited to their CPD portfolio in June 2018.


Dr Surbhi Malhotra and Dr Jane Brown
Obstetric Anaesthesia Special Interest Group


For further information please contact the meeting secretariat:
Sarah Chezan 
Senior Events Officer
P: +61 3 9510 6299

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